Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax fucicollis
Name: Indian Cormorant
This medium-sized bronze brown cormorant is scalloped in black on the upper plumage, lacks a crest and has a small and slightly peaked head with a long narrow bill that ends in a hooked tip. The eye is blue and bare yellow facial skin during the non-breeding season. Breeding birds have a short white ear tuft. In some plumages it has a white throat but the white is restricted below the gape unlike in the much larger great cormorant. Sexes are similar, but non-breeding adults and juveniles are browner
Size in cm:
Size in Inch
gray (Bird may have more colors)
Diet mainly fish. Feeds primarily by pursuit-diving. Often forages in co-ordinated groups.
Habit and habited:
Large freshwater wetlands, marshes, estuaries; brackish tidal creeks and mangrove swamps.
Harsh croaks at nest.
The Indian cormorant or Indian shag (Phalacrocorax fuscicollis) is a member of the cormorant family. It is found mainly along the inland waters of the Indian Subcontinent. It is a gregarious species that can be easily distinguished from the similar sized little cormorant by its blue eye, small head with a sloping forehead and a long narrow bill ending in a hooked tip.